May – 2017
Psalm 23 (Good News Translation)
The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
[God] lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
[God] gives me new strength [and] guides me in the right paths, as [God] has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, [GOD], for you are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me. You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim.
I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.
The Wisdom of William Blake
“Little Lamb who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life & bid thee feed, by the stream and o’er the mead; gave thee clothing of delight, softest clothing wooly bright;
gave thee such a tender voice, making all the vales rejoice!
Little Lamb who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?”
John’s Gospel, Chapter 10, verses 7-10 (GNT)
So Jesus said again, “I am telling you the truth: I am the gate for the sheep. All others who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Those who come in by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.”
Psalm 66.16, 19-20 (GNT)
Come and listen, all who honor God, and I will tell you what [God] has done for me.
God has indeed heard me [and] has listened to my prayer.
I praise God, [who] did not reject my prayer or keep back [divine] constant love from me.
Acts 17.27-29 (The Living Bible)
[God’s] purpose…is that they should seek after God, and perhaps feel their way toward [God] and find [God]—though [God] is not far from any one of us. For in [God] we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it, ‘We are the [children] of God.’ If this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol made…from gold or silver or chipped from stone.
Wisdom of the Tao te Ching (73)
Heaven’s Way does not contend, yet it certainly triumphs. It does not speak, yet it certainly answers. It does not summon, yet things come by themselves. It seems to be at rest, yet it certainly has a plan.
Wisdom of the Tao te Ching (41, 34)
The Way is hidden and nameless. Still only the Way nourishes and completes.
The great Way is all-pervading. It reaches to the left and to the right. All things depend on it with their existence. Still it demands no obedience.
John 14.5-6, 12, 14 (New American Bible)
Thomas said to [Jesus]…“We do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the [Holy One] except through me.
[And so it is that] I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these…
[However], if you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
May 28 (Ascension)
The Wisdom of Elizabeth Gilbert
“There’s always another level up. There’s always another ascension. More grace, more light, more generosity, more compassion, more to shed, more to grow.”
Acts 1.4-11 (NAB)
While meeting with [his friends, Jesus] enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise…about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.”
When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that [God] has established…But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “[Galileans], why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”